RESEMBID is excited participate in the 12th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) hosted by CDEMA (Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency). The theme of this year’s conference is CDM Road to Resilience: Checkpoint 2022- Advancing a Risk-based Multi-hazard Approach during COVID-19 & Beyond. Starting today until Friday, stop by our virtual booth that is well stocked with programme information and information specific to our robust Resilience portfolio of 13 projects thus far! We will even be on hand to answer your questions using the platform’s chat feature. Please feel free to register for your access to the booth, display [...]
Recently apopointed Ambassador René van Nes, Head of Delegation, Delegation of the European Union has given high marks to the RESEMBID Programme and its projects in the OCTs. Ambassador van Nes was accompanied by Layla El Khadraoui, EU Commission Programme and Policy Manager, who both recently met with RESEMBID team members in St Maarten, visited ongoing projects and were briefed on the work being implemented specifically in Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St. Barthelemy, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten. Welcome, Ambassador!
Travelling Post-COVID-19 can still be a challenging experience. This is another RESEMBID regional project that will work with four Caribbean islands to build resilience and response to the national visitor management systems in Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao , St Maarten. This will include a Best Practice Guide for Tourism Stakeholders in Contagion Scenarios as well as capacity building for key supporting persons in the tourism sector of the participating Overseas Caribbean Territories (OCTs). This project will allow enable the safest way for tourism to continue on these beautiful islands! Implementing partner: The Association of Caribbean States (ACS)
Having the systems in place to cope with and bounce back from a pandemic such as COVID-19 is critical to all countries, particularly small islands states. The Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) in the Cayman Islands will be able to put in stronger systems to manage the impacts of COVID-19 while doing its vital work on coral reef resilience. A part of that system will be improving safeguards and hygiene, protocols and emergency management for staff, students as well as local and international visitors to the facility.
In response to the global pandemic and the far-reaching implications for the small open economies of the OCTs, the RESEMBID team spontaneously created the Pandemic Resilience Response Facility. It was successfully launched on 5th April 2020. In record time, the Facility earmarked flexibly €10 million specifically to fund pandemic Resilience response actions for all the 12 OCTs. It was structured as a purpose-designed, fast-track, flexible response tool for the OCTs to confront the challenges of responding to the pandemic. It incorporates a degree of derogation and delegation granted by the European Union and Expertise France to enable rapid response and agile, [...]